HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (CBS) – Inflation is taking a toll on us all, but higher prices are making things especially difficult for people living on wages.
A Hoffman Estates nonprofit is organizing a golf fundraiser to ease the burden of rising costs for single mothers. Morning Insider Lauren Victory shows us the rigorous program that drives success.
Jessica Arreguin couldn’t help but smile at her son’s unmade bed. She was just happy to give up a room to her 11-year-old son.
Her favorite part of being a host is the house that belongs to her. She is very proud of how far she has come.
Arreguin formerly lived in an apartment rented to her by Research Student HousingHoffman Estates is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping single mothers in need.
“When I first joined the program, I struggled with health and financial issues,” says Arreguin.
“Even in the darkest moments of a mother’s life, the light still exists,” a Fellowship Housing ad said on YouTube. The faith-based organization provides 32 mothers with lessons in shelter, counseling, and budgeting in suburban areas.
“They really showed me how to really prioritize, how to manage, how to stand up for myself,” said Arreguin, a nurse.
For her and others, it’s a fresh start but also a rigorous process, especially when it comes to finances. The rules are piling up.
“You have to let them know what you’re doing, when you’re doing it. Why are you spending extra?” Arreguin explained.
Mothers’ decisions are dissected by case workers called family advocates. Entertainment expenses including fast food and movies are kept at $30. The grocery bills are analyzed and the payment tables checked.
“We do it not to intrude. We do it to make use of every penny,” says Pam Orr, explaining the rigidity.
Orr is the Executive Director of Fellowship Housing, and she’s not afraid to call the program a “two-year training campaign.”
“” You will work extremely hard. It’s going to be tough,” Orr told the mothers on reception.
Many of them go out there with tens of thousands of savings. Nearly half accumulated enough to buy a house. Word is getting around.
“For the first time, we had a waiting list,” Orr said.
Nonprofits cannot expand without help. Its charity golf tournament often gives a good portion but not enough.
Orr’s pitch to potential sponsors? “It’s not a donation or a gift. It’s an investment for life.”
It’s also an investment in lessons that can be shared.
“If I want to spend it – that money – I can. But I keep it and I don’t. And I’m teaching this to my son as well,” Arreguin said.
A few points left in charity golf tournament will take place this Thursday in Barrington.
Fellowship Housing also accepts gentle new or used items for mothers in need. Its website includes an Amazon wish list.